Posted Friday, November 2, 2007 10:25 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond
Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom has announced its 2008 operating schedule, admission pricing and season pass pricing. Daily admission is $23.95, $15.95 after 4 p.m. Junior and senior admission is $11.95. Parking is $5. Children age 2 and under are free. Season passes are $44.95, junior and senior passes are $34.95. Guests who buy a season pass through Nov. 11 will also receive a FREE Cedar Fair V.I.P. jacket.
Cedar Fair announced in September that the amusement park would operate as a water park only, after operating the amusement park for four seasons.
Read the press release on PR Newswire.
Presuming they're open at all, of course.
I can imagine a family of five walking up to the gate come July. Clearly they have done their research and checked this site for the buzz far in advance. They will be well aware of how many rides will be operational and where the best deals will be in the park. They hurry as they approach the ticket counter because they want to get into the park exactly on schedule. Families have a strict routine around these parts and they will be maximizing their time inside the park by extrapolating the 4 year ridership data to determine their exact location throughout the entire day. Of course they are aware of the utter destruction of every single dry ride. They have no emotional response to this action and think strictly of business at all times. In fact they don't even like Geauga Lake one bit but are only coming out to the park today because it's a better deal than the waterparks in Texas. The waterparks across the nation can't compete with the EBITDA that this water park can provide.
This family would never think of swimming in the pool in the neighbor's back yard, the ROI just isn't there for it. What about the local pool? Now where is the sense in that? Who wants to swim in a pool close to home thats less expensive and essentially the same in a child's eyes? If little Johnny can't play in a $25 Million waterpark, whats the point of playing at all? "No Susie, you can't go swimming with your friends at the Rec, I want to go pay out the ass for a waterpark where you can be miserable and I can't afford a hot dog and a tank of gas for my Humvie. What Tim, you want to go see a movie and play your Xbox? What is wrong with you, child? You should be spending money every day of the week. Not only anyone's money, my excess of money of course.
Where once we could have access to 10 roller coasters, dozens of slides, and a score of other rides for the low low price of $27, we can now have a whopping third of that for a stunning $3 less. Whats stopping us from going right now? Stop your complaining about that fat whale, it was dragging down on the bottom line. You don't want to be seen with something that FAT(EBITDA). I dont want to hear you complaining about how cold you are either, there is nothing esle to do here so stay in that "new and improved" wave pool that just replaced the "not quite so new and improved" wave pool. I don't care that we're in Cleveland and in a water park. It's the most moderately competitively priced major park in the country with no advertising, so quit your bitching and have some FUN."
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